Doing Football Right
Chad Grier didn’t become a football coach just because he loved the game.
He became a football coach because of his passion for working with young people and being able to make a difference in their lives. The fact that he happened to be good at football and enjoyed playing was icing on the cake.
As the head football coach at the new Oceanside Collegiate Academy in north Mount Pleasant, Grier couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to create a great football program at a new school and to be given the chance to impact so many young people.
“I’ll have 64 kids to coach,” he says. “There are some great athletes in the Lowcountry and some great programs that we will have to compete with. I look forward to making Oceanside a part of that conversation. We’re going to be doing football right.”
Grier played football in college at East Carolina University and coached a local recreation league in the Charlotte area, his hometown, after he graduated. The job required frequent travel and he wasn’t happy doing that.
“I remember thinking that I wanted to find a job that I was passionate about,” he says.
Grier’s father coached high school football briefly and was always a youth league coach.
“I loved my father and I actually wanted to be just like him,” he says. “He passed away at the young age of 57 and I can remember the line of people wrapped around the funeral home – most of them young people that he had impacted by coaching football. He made such a difference in their lives and it showed how much they all cared about him. I decided then that I wanted to do that too.”
He is inspired everyday by his three sons – each one successful in their own way. His oldest son, Will, was named the Parade Magazine 2012 high school player of the year. He attended Davidson Day High School in Davidson, just outside of Charlotte. Will, 22, now plays for West Virginia University as quarterback. Will Grier and wife Jeanne had their first child, Eloise in 2016.
“I call her Ellie and she is literally the love of my life,” Grier says of his granddaughter.
Grier’s middle son, Nash, became an internet sensation at 15 with his videos on the six-second app, Vine. The twenty-year-old lives in Los Angeles, enjoying his social media stardom and pursuing an acting career. He has appeared on Good Morning America and The View.
Following in his brother’s footsteps, the youngest Grier, Hayes, was also famous on Vine and at 15, was the youngest celebrity contestant ever on the 21st season of “Dancing With The Stars.” Now 17, he stars on the Hulu TV show, “Freakish.”
“I am so lucky to have such successful children,” Grier says.
Grier and his wife, Nila are excited about living in Mount Pleasant. Grier, familiar with the area from traveling here frequently for vacation and football games when his children were young, is thrilled to be a part of the community and Oceanside Collegiate Academy.
“It is beautiful here,” he says. “There is such a great sense of community.”
Coming from the private school of Davidson Day in North Carolina is a change, but one that Grier certainly welcomes.
“Trust me,” he says. “Not just anywhere could have taken me away from my hometown. I couldn’t be happier to be here and I couldn’t be more excited for what is to come.”